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Which Midjourney Subscription Should I Get? All 3 Midjourney Tiers Explained!

Not sure which Midjourney subscription is the right one for you? Learn more about each Midjourney Subscription tier, how they differ, what Relax Mode is, and how GPU time is calculated.

Midjourney is a fantastic tool for creating AI art, and I can’t recommend it enough to give it a try yourself.

In this guide, I will explain the difference between the Basic, Standard, and Pro tier, what Relax Mode is, how GPU time is calculated, and which Midjourney subscription fits best with your needs.

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Does Midjourney offer a Free Trial?

Unfortunately, Midjourney no longer offers a free trial subscription. However, they recently opened up their free trial again during the weekend to celebrate the launch of version 5.1.

If you want to know when Midjourney has free trials available, make sure to follow me on Instagram, where I’ll announce it in my stories.

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Midjourney Subscriptions explained

Midjourney offers three subscription tiers: Basic, Standard, and Pro. You can pay month-to-month or for the entire year with a 20% discount.

Each subscription plan includes access to the Midjourney member gallery, the official Discord, general commercial usage terms, and more.

Once you’ve subscribed to any of the Midjourney plans, the images you create can be used for anything you want, including commercial purposes.

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You can use the /subscribe command to generate a link to your personal subscription page. Don’t share this link with others.


What is GPU Time in Midjourney?

Midjourney uses powerful Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) to generate your images. When you purchase a subscription to Midjourney, you are purchasing time on these GPUs.

Each subscription plan has different amounts of monthly GPU time available in which you can generate images in Fast Mode.

How many images can you generate with each Midjourney Plan?

It takes the Midjourney Bot around one minute of GPU time to finish creating one image. Here’s a quick calculation for how many images you can generate with each Midjourney plan:

Basic Plan: 3.3 hours = 198 minutes = approximately 200 images
Standard Plan: 15 hours = 900 minutes = approximately 900 images
Pro Plan: 30 hours = 1800 minutes = approximately 1800 images

Please note that upscaling images or using nonstandard aspect ratios can take more GPU time.

How to display your Fast Hour count in Midjourney

To see how many Fast hours you have left in your current subscription, type in /info in your Discord text prompt and hit enter.

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You can also use /info before and after running a process to see how many of your remaining GPU minutes the generation used.

What is the difference between the Basic and Standard Midjourney Plan?

The basic plan only allows you to generate images in fast GPU time. Once you run out of Fast Hours in your basic plan, you will need to purchase additional Fast Hours to continue generating images. You can purchase additional Fast GPU hours for $4/hr.

The Standard and Pro plans give you access to the option to generate unlimited images in Relax Mode.

Generating images in Relax Mode takes a little longer than fast mode, but it’s unlimited. This means that if you run out of fast hours, you can continue to generate images in Relax mode until your Fast Hours renew.

Relax mode vs. Fast mode

Jobs in Relax mode are placed in a queue to be processed as GPUs become available. Wait times for Relax are dynamic but generally range between 0–10 minutes per job.

If you use Relax mode occasionally, you will have shorter wait times compared to subscribers who use it more often. This priority currently resets when you renew your monthly subscription.

To switch between modes, use the command /fast or /relax or type in /settings to view and change the default mode in which your images are generated.

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What does a Midjourney subscription cost?

Basic Plan: $10 USD per month ($8 USD when paid annually)
Standard Plan: $30 USD per month ($24 USD when paid annually)
Pro Plan: $60 USD per month ($48 USD when paid annually)

The Midjourney Free Trial is currently not available. Follow me on Instagram to receive updates when it opens up again.

Which Midjourney Subscription is Best?

Which Midjourney subscription is best for you depends on the amount of images you want to create each month and if you want access to Relax Mode. You can upgrade your subscription at any time during the month or purchase extra Fast hours if you run out.

Basic Midjourney Plan

I recommend opting for the Basic Plan if you just started working with Midjourney. This tier gives you 3.3 hours of fast image generation, which will let you create around 200 images.

You can have 3 concurrent Fast Jobs and 10 Jobs waiting in the queue. You do not have access to Relax Mode.

Standard Midjourney Plan

If Midjourney is your new favorite hobby, the Standard Plan is more suitable for you. This tier gives you 15 hours of fast image generation, which will let you create around 900 images.

You can generate unlimited images in Relax mode. You can have 3 concurrent Fast Jobs and 10 Jobs waiting in the queue.

Pro Midjourney Plan

The Pro Midjourney plan is suitable for users who need to generate a lot of images. This tier gives you 30 hours of fast image generation, which will let you create around 1800 images.

You can generate unlimited images in Relax mode. You can have 12 concurrent Fast Jobs, 3 concurrent Relaxed Jobs, and 10 Jobs waiting in the queue.

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How to upgrade or downgrade your Midjourney Subscription

You can upgrade or downgrade your Midjourney subscription at any time. When upgrading, you may choose whether the upgrade should be effective immediately or at the end of the current billing cycle.

If you choose the upgrade to be effective immediately, the Fast GPU time is added to your account instantly, allowing you to continue generating images.

If you choose to cancel your subscription, your generated images will not be deleted. Simply activate your subscription to regain access.

How to earn free Fast Hours in Midjourney

Current subscribers can rank image pairs at midjourney.com/app/rank-pairs/ to earn free Fast GPU hours. Simply click on the image you like the most for each pair that is presented.

The top 2000 daily image raters receive an hour of free Fast GPU time. If you are one of the top raters for the day, you will receive a direct message from the Midjourney Bot. Your Fast hours are valid for 30 days and require an active subscription to use.

That’s a wrap

I hope this guide has helped you decide which Midjourney subscription fits best with your needs. You can sign up for the Midjourney Beta on Midjourney.com.

If you need help setting up Midjourney and Discord, check my free step-by-step guide with screenshots to get started.

Add me on Instagram @sprinkleofai for more daily tips, inspiration, and artist shout-outs!

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How Does Midjourney Work?

Midjourney is an AI tool that can generate original high-quality images based on simple text inputs. It creates these images through Machine Learning and is continuously trained with countless amounts of data to improve the output.

How to Use Midjourney

Midjourney works within the Discord app. You can create a free account on Discord and sign up for the beta on Midjourney.com to get an invite and start generating images.

You can learn how to set up Midjourney with my free Midjourney AI Art for Beginners Guide!

About the author

My name is Marloes Ratten, and I love to make things. During the day, I’m a Macrame teacher, and at night I love to go a little crazy in Midjourney.

If you would like to see more of my AI artwork, follow Sprinkle of AI on Instagram or check out more posts on my blog sprinkleofai.com!

For more info about me or my handmade items, check my blog macrameforbeginners.com, or browse my Etsy Shop for beginner-friendly step-by-step patterns.

This website features a collection of fictional characters and products crafted with Midjourney. All images are purely imaginative, and any resemblance to actual persons or products is entirely coincidental.

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